SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS: My tips on how to prevent relapse | The Skin Press

SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS: My tips on how to prevent relapse | The Skin Press

hi guys welcome back so in today’s video
I really want to share with you all about seborrheic dermatitis my personal
journey and how I managed to keep it under control if you’re like me
suffering from it from time to time watch this video to the end because
knowledge is key when it comes to preventing or at least reducing the
frequency of it happening so if you don’t know what seborrheic
dermatitis is it’s those red scaly patches on your face and sometimes on
the upper chest in the upper back it’s kind of similar to dandruff but it’s not
just anywhere on your face it’s usually on the most oily parts like around the
nose eyes and sometimes for me around the lips as well so does this mean that
people with oily skin are more prone to this skin condition the answer is no
it’s not that simple in fact there is a study showing that there is no
difference in sebum production between seborrheic dermatitis patients and healthy
controls but it is more common in men and those with poor immune system so for
me personally it usually starts with red patches around my nose and on my lips
but strangely I only get it on the left side of my face and it rarely affects
the right side of my face this is a recent photo so I had a dermatitis
breakout not too long ago as you can see that it affects my upper chest this time
which can extend up towards my neck the spreading on my neck and chest is new I
used to just get it strictly on my face the first time I suffered from some
irregular Heights this was ten years ago around my lips and a couple years after
off just trying out new skincare products
I had a flare-up around my nose and on my eyelids since then I get it about
three to five times a year but in the past year I only suffered from it once
you might be wondering what is causing this skin condition no one actually
knows however it has been linked to malassezia the kind of yeast that
causes dandruff on the scalp don’t be alarmed this is the most abundant yeast
on your skin people have known about this yeast for a hundred and fifty years
so the majority of us if not everybody have it on our skin however we
with seborrhoeic dermatitis don’t react very well to it under certain conditions
so malassezia yeast changes the natural composition of the oil in your face so
it eats up those saturated fatty acids and releases the unsaturated fatty acids
along with other metabolites now these metabolites that are released by these
can actually penetrate our skin and cause inflammation but really the detail
on how this yeast activates our inflammatory response is still poorly
understood there are also data showing that the lipid composition on the
seborrheic dermatitis patients skin is also altered so lower squaline and
triglycerides the changes in skin vary composition might also mean that water
can escape from our skin more readily thereby causing dryness there is also
recent data linking genetics to seborrhoeic dermatitis development
however this is still in the earlier stages of research
I’m afraid this condition is not that simple which is the single cause and a
single solution you should always consult with your physician for proper
diagnosis and treatments just because a lot of skin conditions out there look
fairly similar to seborrheic dermatitis last year I finally visited a
dermatologist and I was given a prescription medication which is dr.
Cort now this is an antifungal cream the antifungal properties reduce the
proliferation or spread of the yeast and the hydro cortisone in it reduces
redness or inflammation for me personally it gets rid of those red
patches very quickly within a week or sometimes even less even before it gets
a chance to crack and expose the raw skin underneath I’ve also tried using
the anti dandruff shampoo containing zinc parathion
in the shower on the skin when I had a breakout but I didn’t really notice the
difference the medication does get rid of it quickly but he doesn’t stop it
from happening in the future that is why we need to put in extra efforts to
prevent or at least reduce the frequency of it happening since my diagnosis I’ve
been doing quite a lot of research into this and therefore I want to share a few
tips with you on how I manage to keep this under control
tip number one go back to basics when I have a flare-up
I stop all my skincare products including actives and I just stick to
these two products a very gentle cleanser so I’m using the Avene
extremely gentle cleanser and for moisturizer I am using diprobase my
dermatologist advised me to use diprobase but I’ve been using that for quite
a while it’s really affordable it doesn’t contain any irritants and I find
that it really improves the appearance of my skin when I get a breakout tip
number two try to avoid oily products as I mentioned earlier these yeast thrives
in oily conditions so instead opt for lighter oil-free products if you use oil
to remove makeup make sure you get rid of the oil rescue completely tip number 3
use gentle products that contain no irritants like alcohols fragrances and
essential oils tip number four avoid or minimize
physical exfoliation and that includes scrubbing and microdermabrasion I find
that I had a flare-up after I scrubbed my face or had microdermabrasion
treatment done perhaps because it really impairs your skin barrier instead if you
want to exfoliate opt for chemical exfoliants like glycolic acids or
salicylic acids they’re safe to use so I once did a terrible thing I scrubbed my
face and then after that I put face oil on this is something that you don’t want to
do I I had the worst flare-up after because what you’re doing is you’re
impairing your skin barrier and on top of that you’re applying oil and as I
mentioned before they thrive in oily conditions so tip number 5 if you found
products that work for you stick with them I happen to be allergic to nickel
and another ingredient that is not commonly found in skincare products
however I still get seborrheic dermatitis breakouts after trying out
new skincare products I still don’t know what kind of ingredients to look out for
tip number 6 minimize sun exposure because this
can trigger development of seborrheic dermatitis in some people so always
protect yourself and make sure to lather up on sunscreen tip number seven try to
reduce your stress level so take time for yourself do anything that makes you
relaxed because emotional stress has been linked to severe entities as well
tip number eight make sure to stay healthy and keep your immune system in
check so opt for vitamin C rich foods like tomatoes berries and citrus fruits
one thing that I really want to try doing is to avoid oleic acid in skincare
it is actually commonly found in a lot of products and it is also a metabolite
of malassezia yeast there is a study showing that oleic acid causes peeling
and flaking in people with scalp dandruff problems but it didn’t do so in
people without the dandruff problem I’ll let you know of any updates below and
all the studies and reviews that I mentioned in this video will also be
linked down below also a reminder if you’re starting to see those red scaly
itchy patches please please leave them alone and don’t scratch them because
you’ll make everything worse especially if you have problem with post
inflammatory hyperpigmentation it might leave scars on your face if it gets
itchy I usually apply dipro base I find that it really helps in soothing
itchiness I hope you learned a few things from this video if there are
additional tips that I should try leave them in the comments below please like
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